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Student Cluster Competition

With sponsorship from hardware and software vendor partners, competing student teams design and build small clusters, learn scientific applications, and apply optimization techniques for their chosen architectures in a non-stop, 48-hour challenge.

48-hour hpc-a-palooza

Student Cluster Competition Schedule
Monday–Wednesday, November 13–15, 2023

SC Student Cluster Competition

Student Cluster Competition Chair
Jenett Tillotson, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Student Cluster Competition (SCC) Applications open March 1, 2023.

SCC Applications

MAR 1, 2023

Applications Open

MAY 15, 2023

Applications Close

JUN 15, 2023

Notifications Sent

teams & Process

Teams are composed of six students, an advisor, and vendor partners. The advisor provides guidance and recommendations, the vendor provides the resources (hardware and software), and the students provide the skill and enthusiasm. Students work with their advisors to craft a proposal that describes the team, the suggested hardware, and their approach to the competition. The SCC committee reviews each proposal and provides comments for all submissions. The requirements for teams are described more completely below.

The hardware requirements for team clusters are that they are able to run the competition’s applications and exercises and that they can operate without exceeding an announced power limit. This year the competition includes a dynamic power limit – at times the power available to each team for their competition hardware may be as high as 4000-watts (but will usually be lower) and may be as low as 1500-watts (but will usually be higher). Hardware requirements are described more completely in the “SCC Rules” (Available Summer 2023).

support provided

Selected teams receive full conference registration for each team member and one advisor. Each team is also provided with seven single-occupancy hotel rooms for the students and advisor. As the competition is part of the Students@SC program, students can also participate in Mentor–Protégé Matching and the Job Fair. Travel to the conference and per diem are not provided.

reproducibility challenge

One of the applications presented to the student teams is the Reproducibility Challenge, in which students attempt to reproduce results from an accepted paper from the prior year’s Technical Program.

Students have the opportunity to interact directly with the paper’s authors as they attempt to reproduce specific results and conclusions from the paper. As part of this challenge, each student team writes a reproducibility report detailing their experience in reproducing the results from the paper. Authors of the most highly rated reproducibility reports may be invited to submit their reports to a reproducibility special issue.


The Student Cluster Competition (SCC) was developed in 2007 to provide an immersive high performance computing experience to undergraduate and high school students.

For more information about SCC in past years, including team profiles, photos, winners, and more:

SCC Mystery Application

The SCC is looking for scientific applications from the HPC community that could be used as the SCC Mystery Application. If you have a scientific application that you think would be a great fit for the competition, please consider submitting.

The application should not have export control restrictions and must have up-to-date documentation. Submissions and selections must be kept confidential until the beginning of the SCC when the mystery application selected will be revealed.

The primary owner of the selected app receives complimentary SC23 registration.

Each submission must list an application owner who will:

  • be responsible for answering questions from the SCC teams.
  • prepare test and input decks for the competition.
  • be available to serve as judge during SC23.

Applications Open March 1–May 31, 2023

Ready to Apply?

Create an account in the online submission system and complete the form. A sample form can be viewed before signing in.

If you have questions about SCC applications, please contact the program committee.


A cluster competition with the intent to create a more inclusive and education-focused track of the Student Cluster Competition.

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